For Immediate Release - August 20, 2014

Patrick Administration Announces National Honor for Massachusetts EEAC for Energy Efficiency Leadership

PACIFIC GROVE, CALIFORNIA – Wednesday, August 20, 2014 – The Patrick Administration today announced that the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has honored the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council (EEAC) with its Champion of Energy Efficiency in Buildings Leadership Award. The award is for exceptional personal leadership demonstrated in the development, implementation or growth of important energy efficiency initiatives.

“We are committed to investing in energy efficiency because it provides environmental and economic benefits for our Commonwealth,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “I congratulate the Energy Efficiency Advisory Council and thank them for their hard work.”

In 2008, Governor Patrick signed into law the Green Communities Act, creating the EEAC and the requirement to acquire all cost effective energy efficiency. The dramatic expansion in investments in statewide energy efficiency programs has conserved energy, created jobs, reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and saved the state millions in energy costs. These investments have also helped Massachusetts earn and maintain the number one ranking for energy efficiency for the last three years, also by ACEEE.

“Massachusetts has become the nation’s leading state in advancing energy efficiency, as proven by their top score in ACEEE’s Energy Efficiency State Scorecard for the last three years,” said ACEEE executive director Steven Nadel. “This year we are proud to announce that the EEAC has been selected for a Champion in Energy Efficiency in Buildings Award in recognition of the rapid growth in the use of energy efficiency as a resource in Massachusetts, more than doubling the annual energy savings achieved. We continue to look for great things from the Bay State as it continues to find ways to use energy efficiency to lower energy costs for its citizens and businesses, strengthen its economy, and protect the environment and public health.”

The EEAC guides the development of the Mass Save® energy efficiency programs and monitors their implementation. The programs, delivered by the investor owned utilities and energy efficiency service providers, have saved energy in homes, businesses and municipalities across the Commonwealth, created jobs and protected the environment. The 2013-2015 programs will invest more than $2.2 billion and return almost $9 billion in economic benefits. The 2010-2012 programs invested $1.2 billion and delivered $5.4 billion in benefits.

“The Patrick Administration assembled a group of key stakeholders to develop and oversee what has become the nation’s leading energy efficiency programs - Mass Save,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett. “This award honors the individual and collective contributions of the current and past councilors. Thanks to their expertise, advice and collaboration, Massachusetts’ homes, businesses and institutions have enjoyed multiple benefits, including reduced energy use and costs.”

“This award is illustrative of Governor Patrick’s leadership and commitment to energy efficiency,” said Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Acting Commissioner Meg Lusardi. “The collective contribution of the EEAC shows the level of engagement and investment Massachusetts stakeholders have in efficiency as an energy resource.”

DOER’s Energy Efficiency Division Director Christina Halfpenny accepted the award on behalf of the EEAC at ACEEE’s summer conference on energy efficiency in buildings. DOER chairs the EEAC. Other EEAC voting and non-voting members include governmental agencies, municipalities, the health care industry, the business community, utilities, unions and residential customer representatives.

"Massachusetts has led the way with innovative energy efficiency policies, in pursuing federal regulation of greenhouse gas pollution, and ensuring significant cost savings for consumers and businesses,” said Attorney General Martha Coakley. “This award recognizes EEAC’s continued efforts to maximize energy efficiency investments and economic benefits across the Commonwealth as we further our focus on protecting ratepayers and public health.”

“AIM is proud to be part of a group recognized by ACEEE as a Champion of Energy Efficiency,” says Robert Rio of AIM, an original member of the EEAC. “Congratulations to the other members of the Council for a job well-done.”

The Patrick Administration’s clean energy initiatives have made Massachusetts a leader in energy efficiency and renewable energy. Last year, Governor Patrick set a new solar goal to install 1,600 megawatts by 2020, after reaching the previous goal of 250 megawatts four years early. Currently, there are 615 megawatts installed, capable of powering nearly 94,000 homes. The clean energy revolution is yielding economic benefits, with 11.8 percent job growth last year; nearly 80,000 people are employed in the cleantech industry in the Commonwealth, including nearly 47,000 in energy efficiency.